Signs and Wonders : Saints, Miracles and Prayer from the 4th Century to the 14th, Hardback Book

Signs and Wonders : Saints, Miracles and Prayer from the 4th Century to the 14th Hardback

Part of the Variorum Collected Studies series


This book is concerned with the concepts of Christian holiness and spirituality, from Late Antiquity through to the Middle Ages.

The first group of articles focuses on the Desert Fathers, the following ones examine key figures in the monastic history of the medieval West, dealing above all with England and with Bede and Anselm of Canterbury.

Throughout, Benedicta Ward's aim has been to find an approach that makes full sense of Christian writings, notably the hagiography, miracles and all.

This should not be seen, she argues, simply as biography, nor as a quarry for information on social history, valuable though it may be for those purposes.

The primary object of these Lives - as of the people about whom they were written - was religious; to neglect this meaning is to risk fundamentally misunderstanding these texts. Ce volume traite des concepts de la saintete et de la spiritualite chretiennes, de l'Antiquite tardive jusqu'au Moyen Age.

Le premier groupe d'etudes se concentre sur les Peres du Desert, les suivants font l'examen de personnages-clefs dans l'histoire monastique de l'Occident medieval, s'attachant avant tout A l'Angleterre et A Bede et Anselme de Cantorbery.

Benedicta Ward A pour propos constant de trouver une approche rendent tout son sens A la litterature chretienne et notamment A la litterature hagiographique, miracles et autres.

Bien que valable A ces deux niveaux, ceci ne devrait pas Atre perAu, souligne-t'elle, en tant que simple biographie, ni en tant que source d'information sur l'histoire sociale.

L'objet premier de ces Vies est d'ordre religieux; toute negligence de ce sens peut mener A une mecomprehension fondamentale de ces textes.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Christian theology
  • ISBN: 9780860783169



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